Lance Armstrong says an early investment in Uber has “saved” his family after profitable out $111m (£86.8m) in authorised fees and settlements.
The American, 47, was nude of his 7 Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012 before admitting to regulating performance-enhancing drugs.
He says he gave $100,000 (£78,212) to a try collateral account that invested in a ride-hailing app in 2010.
“It’s saved a family,” he told CNBC.
In April, Armstrong concluded to compensate $5m (£3.9m) to a US supervision to settle a long-running lawsuit that could have cost him $100m (£78m) in damages.
However, he pronounced he felt he did not “get off scot free” as other settlements and authorised fees meant he had to compensate $111m in total.
Armstrong, who has 5 children, did not contend how many he had warranted from his Uber investment though combined it was “too good to be true”.
He pronounced Uber, that was founded in 2009, was valued during $3.7m (£2.9m) when he invested. The association was valued during $72bn (£56bn) this year and is targeting a gratefulness of $120bn (£94bn) in 2019.
When asked if he had warranted “10, 20, 30, 40 or $50m”, Armstrong replied: “It’s one of those.”
He combined that he did not even know he was investing in Uber when he gave a income to associate and businessman Chris Sacca, who started Lowercase Capital in 2010.
‘The approach we acted was my undoing’
Armstrong late after winning 7 true Tour titles from 1999 to 2005, finishing third in his quip in 2009 before timid again in 2011.
The US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) subsequently found Armstrong had led “the many sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that competition has ever seen”, with a Texan revelation in 2013 he had used drugs via his career.
Yet Armstrong pronounced it was how he conducted himself and not only a fact he cheated that led to his downfall.
“Most people have adequate story and believe to know everybody did it [doping],” he said.
“That isn’t a emanate for people – a emanate is how aggressively we shielded myself, being litigious, going after people.”
Armstrong concluded a allotment with The Sunday Times in 2013 carrying formerly been paid to settle a defame box in 2004 after a journal purported he had cheated.
“Whether or not we would do it all over again – what we would rather do is go behind and win 7 in a quarrel opposite everybody else that’s celebration H2O and eating bread,” he said.
“Even if we did all that [doping] though we was a lady and we had category and grace and treated people with respect, they would’ve let me off.
“Nobody would’ve come after me. we insist that it was a approach we acted that was my undoing.”